This probably isn’t the way the Giants imagined they would start their 2nd half of baseball. After winning 49 games in the 1st half of the season, the Giants have started the post-All-Star break with a record of 1-4. The problems are still the same: the offense stinks. In the first 5 combined games since the break the Giants have scored only 9 runs — or 1.8 runs per game.
A quick look at any offensive leaderboard and you’ll find the Giants are sorely hurting on offense. wOBA? 2nd to last in the NL. OBP? Dead last in the NL.
Maybe the most depressing statistic of them all is FanGraph’s batting runs statistic. The benefit of looking at batting runs is that the number is already park-adjusted — meaning that teams like the Padres who play in environments that suppress scoring will be more fairly evaluated. By batting runs (the WAR component, not wRAA), as a team, the Giants rank dead last in the National League with a score of -73.4 runs below average on offense. If you expand that to the entire major leagues, the Giants are still dead last. The next closet team, the Cincinnati Reds, are at -57.7 batting runs below average. The Giants are nearly -20 runs worse than the 2nd worst team in the majors when it comes to offense.
The offense is really, really bad.
As you can see, from 2005 and beyond, we could call these years the “Dark Ages” for the Giants’ offense. Since 2005 the team offense (by the batting runs component of WAR) has ranked at the bottom of the majors every season. Even during 2007-2008 when Bonds chipped in a total of 71.7 runs by his hitting (or about 7 wins) the Giants still struggled on offense.
Of course, offense is just one side of the game, you’ve also have to factor in pitching and defense, but it’s hard to dig yourself out of such a deep hole. If the Giants could change their offensive production (without a negative impact on defense or pitching) from ‘terrible’ to just ‘bad’ the team would see some drastic improvements.